What next for doctors?

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John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh, EH16 5AY
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A topical one day conference for all doctors and medical students living or working in Scotland.

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See below for details on registration fees.

Following the highly acclaimed BMA Scottish conferences in 2018 and 2019, we are offering a new conference in 2022 to bring the profession together after the challenges of the pandemic. It will be a chance to consider what we have learned about ourselves during that time and focus on a better world of work for doctors as we emerge into a 'new normal'.


What you will learn

“What next for doctors?” considers the “new normal”. It will focus on what we have learned about ourselves and the changing needs and priorities in the world of medicine in Scotland.

This is your chance to:

  • meet your peers and hear from leaders of the profession about the future of medical care in Scotland
  • better understand how the pressures within the NHS and of modern medicine impact doctors - and how doctors, individually and collectively, can manage and mitigate this to improve their wellbeing and professional fulfilment
  • take part in a wide range of insightful workshops addressing the many facets of doctors’ working lives and wellbeing today.


What to expect from this event

You will have the chance to engage with senior and elected members of the BMA in Scotland to:

  • find out about the work that the Association does
  • gain a better understanding of the BMA representative structure and policy-setting process
  • find out what we can do for you, how we can represent you, and how you can get involved.

Really good, varied topics and non-clinical topics. This conference meets lots of different needs.

2018 BMA Scotland conference attendee

Key features

  • 75% of attendees surveyed rated the most recent BMA Scottish conference as excellent. 
  • CPD accreditation has been applied for.
  • You will have an opportunity to book a short introductory appointment with an employment advisor or financial advisor for personalised advice. To book this, please indicate so on the registration form.



Topics covered at the conference will include:

  • pensions issues
  • collaborative working across interfaces
  • achieving change through politics and activism
  • hot topics in medical ethics
  • challenging bias in medicine
  • how technological developments such as AI might change the nature of medical practice
  • working with chronic conditions including long COVID.

The range of learning opportunities on offer should provide a worthwhile contribution to appraisal and revalidation.

Download the conference programme for full details.

I usually come away from meetings wondering what my take home learning points were. I didn't here: I have lots to reflect on.

2019 BMA Scotland conference attendee


Keynote addresses:

  • Professor Devi Sridhar, Edinburgh University School of Medicine chair of global public health on the politics of pandemic
  • Professor Neena Modi, BMA president: 'Valuing health'
  • Professor Sir Harry Burns, University of Strathclyde, professor of global public health and BMA immediate past president: 'Sharing the tools to reduce health inequalities'.


Who can attend

This conference is open to all doctors and medical students living or working in Scotland.


Registration fees

BMA members

  • Students, FY1 and FY2 BMA members - free of charge.
  • All other BMA members - £50. This is a refundable deposit that will be reimbursed after their attendance at the event.

If the member completes a booking form but does not attend the event, the £50.00 deposit will not be reimbursed. 


  • Student and FY1 non-members will be charged a non-refundable fee of £15.00 to attend the event.
  • All other non-members will be charged a non-refundable fee of £75.00 to attend the event.

Should a non-member decide to join the BMA prior to the start of the conference, the registration fee will be refunded.




The BMA will reimburse standard class travel for members within Scotland. We will reimburse parking and petrol costs if you are travelling by car.


In line with BMA travel policy, accommodation with BMA rates may be reimbursable for members who are resident in Scotland and who could not reasonably be expected to travel to the conference the same morning.

Please note you are not able to claim expenses for overnight accommodation on Friday 25 March unless you get pre-authorisation from BMA conferences. If you require accommodation on the Friday, please email BMA conferences immediately.

Childcare and dependent care facilities

Child and dependent care facilities will be available, free of charge, in order to support your attendance at the conference. They must be arranged in advance.

Please click the option to request further information about this on the conference application form.

Organiser details

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